Friday 31 October 2014

Stock Doves Moving

Two visits today - a dawn til 0930 with Nick and a brief early afternoon visit to the top fields. There was plenty of overhead movement this morning but very little grounded. The feature of the morning was the movement of c1000+ woodpigeon (in flocks averaging c70 - c120) and, more notably at least 120 stock doves though I suspect many more sneaked through with the woodpigeon flocks. The main passage had eased by the time Nick and I left but a flock of 55 stockies was seen heading west on my afternoon visit. Other birds seen included c15+ song thrush, 19+ reed bunting, 4 goldcrest, c10/20+ pied wagtail, c20+ chaffinch, 22 dark-bellied brent goose, 5 turnstone, 4 redwing, c100+ starling, c200+ jackdaw, c20/30+ goldfinch, c25+ skylark, 2 redpoll sp, 3+ greenfinch, 1 bullfinch, 1 raven, 1 high-flying sparrowhawk, 1 chiffchaff, 8 rook, 1 raven, 1 snipe, 1 kestrel and low numbers of meadow pipit and linnet. The Maer long-stay carpark produced 1 water rail, 1 grey wagtail, 1+ coal tit, 2+ goldcrest and 3 chiffchaff.

Mixed Woodpigeon and Stock Dove flock. Most birds heading high north-west but some arcing back around and heading east.


Jackdaw flock. At least 200 birds on the move this morning. 56 in this flock.

Grey Wagtail - the Maer

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